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Sunday, May 17, 2020

clean and simple cards...

Hello!  As my blog title indicates I have clean and simple cards to share today.  First up is a card for the May Altenew inspiration challenge as well as CAS(E) this Sketch.  I love super clean and simple designs, but lately haven't been doing a lot of them.  The CTS layout was the perfect way to get me back to my first love, lol!  The colors for the May Altenew inspiration are bold and bright and I wanted to use them in a way that is somewhat out of my comfort zone.  I think I accomplished that!  To start I played around with the layout a bit on some scrap paper, as well as with the stamps that I would use.  I used the Altenew Always There stamp set and inks from Altenew to stamp everything.  Because I wanted a look where there wasn't a lot of stamp inside the outline image I determined that I needed to use the final layering image for the flower I was stamping.  This image mainly stamps in the center of the flower, but also has a tiny outlying edge that stamps, too.  I did not want that so I made sure to mask off those little areas before inking.  The outline images (flower and two leaves) were stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  I then stamped the flower using Tide Blue.  I created simple masks for the flower and leaf and then masked off the flower and stamped the first leaf.  I masked that leaf and stamped the second leaf.  The center of the flower was stamped with Chamomile ink and the leaves with Snapdragon.  I love the sort of pop art feel the stamping has.  I finished things off with a sentiment from a different Altenew stamp set that I heat embossed with black WOW! embossing powder on a banner die cut from vellum.  The Altenew color combo is not one I would normally use, but I really like it so I may make another card before the challenge is over!



For my second card I used the colors from Color Throwdown and the clean and graphic layout from Freshly Made Sketches.  This card was really simple to put together because I used two different dies from the A Jillian Vance Design Sentiment Strips die set.  I die cut the largest (in width) strip from yellow cardstock and the blue and pink cardstock using the smallest (in width) die.  I then adhered all the pieces to a white cardstock panel that I die cut with the largest AJVD Stitched Dot rectangle die.  I decided that I wanted a super simple sentiment so I die cut my letters (using the AJVD Headline Type Alpha die set) from white cardstock and then I found a tiny friend sentiment in a stamp set (Altenew Folksy Florals) and stamped that on the blue strip using black ink.  I finished off the card with three little butterflies (from the AJVD Spring Birdy die set) cut from the pink, yellow and blue cardstock.   Another super clean and simple design that I really, really like!


Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

13 comments:

Wanda Cullen said...

Such a beautiful CAS design! Love it! Thanks so much for joining us at CTD!

TK said...

wonderful designs, both are quite unique! I'm particularly fond of the second because that layout is so intriguing and you've worked it marvelously!

Lisa Elton said...

You nailed both of these Rosemary! Your clean designs are so pretty!

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! and WOW! these are such beautiful and "simple" cards, so elegant and gorgeous, love how you have used the sketch and the colours.
Keep safe and well
Faith x

Kim S said...

You have created such a sweet card. I love your use of the colors and, of course, all of the fabulous white space! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Vickie Z said...

Fun cards! Great use of the sketches and colors! I so struggle with CAS.... these are wonderful! So happy you joined us at CTD!

Amy O said...

Beautiful colors and beautiful butterflies! I love how you've split the sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Broni said...

This is so pretty, Rosemary! Love how you used the colors! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown this week!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love how you interpreted both sketches, Rosemary! My fave though is card one - such delicate flowers!!

Greta said...

Looks like 2 winners to me, Rosemary! I always said you were the Queen of CAS & you still are! The Altenew card just blows me away--LOVE it!

Anita in France said...

These are both so soft and pretty, Rosemary ... and so deliciously CAS ... gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

TK said...

Congrats on the HM at CTS -- really pretty!

Greta said...

Congrats on the shout out at FMS!